Time: August 31, 2019 from 9:30am to 5pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Website or Map: https://www.osv.org/event/mus…
Event Type: militia, old sturbridge village, muster
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Aug 22, 2019
To supplement the meager armed forces, most early 19th-century farmers and craftsmen were required by law to serve in local militia units - the forerunner of today's National Guard. Fall militia musters often saw the various militia companies of several towns coming together for a regimental muster. These would have been grand spectacles with townspeople coming out to view visiting militia companies in their dashing uniforms. Come and join us for our fall muster day and cheer on your favorite militia company!
Talk to members of two uniformed volunteer militia companies.
Listen to early 19th-century martial music.
Watch cannon and musket demonstrations.
See a "Sham Fight" as rival militia companies square off against each other in the field.
Our young visitors will get the chance to learn early 19th-century drill and marching with the militia officer's instruction and a toy gun.
See the "striped pig" and learn how it was used to skirt the early 19th-century liquor laws.
Old Sturbridge Village